Busy Weekend with Morlock Heath

Over the weekend of 5th-6th October we Exhibited at two Shows, Sudbury MRC and GOG Meet at Bury St Edmunds. Both were very well attended and very enjoyable, special thanks to Shaun Harvey,  John Barnes and Barry Aldous for their help. On Saturday we ran Shaun’s Stock at Sudbury and on Sunday at the GOG meeting we ran mostly my stock. Below is a pictorial record of each day, thanks to Shaun and my wife for the photo’s.

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Dark Lane – London Transport.

This is my first post on my latest layout ‘Dark Lane’ it is based on a scenario in the late 60’s on a small London Transport Shed and Sidings. The layout is DCC fitted and the loco’s, four Ex GWR Panniers, are DCC sound fitted. I have six appropriate LT wagons at present but another two or three are needed.

You will see from the photo’s that I have made quite a bit of progress although I would say its only about 50% finished.

The baseboard and fiddle yard is one piece to an overall length of five foot and six inches, just over four foot being scenic. All buildings and walls are ‘laser cut’  and have been painted with acrylic paints. The cement is very dilute ‘polyfilla’ rubbed into all crevices, the whole area is then coated in wood stain after cleaning off the excess polyfilla.

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It is my intention to make this a very grubby layout, hence the heavy weathering on the loco’s. The controller is a Digitrax Zephyr purchased from Coastal DCC at Ipswich.

 

 

Our Syndicate buys ‘EBRIDGE MILL’

It is with Great pleasure that I announce that our small group ‘Norfolk Model Railway Syndicate’ have purchased EBRIDGE MILL from Mr Graham Tandy.

We have purchased the layout complete – but with no stock. We felt that such an iconic Layout had to be saved so that all enthusiasts can continue to view it at local Exhibitions.

Our Group is made up of:-

Graham Minshull – Shaun Harvey – John Barnes  – Kelvin Barnes. with additional help from – Audrey Barnes.

We will be exhibiting it at least twice next year and we will look for further appearances in 2021.

We intend to make a few very minor changes – but the essence of  what Graham T has created will be maintained. It is our intension to run various eras from 1955 through to 1985.

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Contact can be made through this site or Shaun Harvey’s site.

Copsey at Bressingham Exhibition.

Sunday was the last of three visits to Bressingham for Exhibitions this year – we will be back next year for at least two shows, the Garden Railway Show and the usual Model Railway Day.

This year we took Copsey, only its second Show on the circuit. My Son John had to work but we were helped by an old friend, Barry Aldous (Bazza)  who shared the operating.

The Exhibition was very busy from the start and there was a great mix of eras and gauges on show. The photos below were taken by my wife and Shaun.

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Grub Lane – O Gauge Layout

Grub Lane used to be our Industrial Engine Shed Layout ‘Norfolk Coke and Tar Co.’ It was withdrawn from the Exhibition Circuit in 2016 and sold to my Son John.

It has been returned to me for refurbishment, name change and a lengthened fiddle yard. I have managed to do all of this today apart from getting the letters for the name.

This layout is proof that everybody has room for a O Gauge layout using small tank engines and short wheelbase stock. Even with the 5″ extension it is still just under 5′.

It is now available for Exhibition bookings.

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Playing with the big boys !!

Over the weekend I decided to name and number some of my larger O Gauge Loco’s. I purchased them all when they first came out, one to five years ago.

They still have to be varnished over the plates and transfers and then weathered, so this is the ‘before’ and the after will be posted later.

D9006 The Fife & Forfar Yeomanry -CLASS 55 – Livery 1964-67

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D9019 The Royal Highland Fusilier -Class 55 – Livery 1967-68

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D217 Carinthia – Class 40 -Livery 1964-67

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Making Tree armatures

At the Bressingham Narrow Gauge Exhibition I noticed that a trader was selling a jig to make tree armatures. The trader Norfolk Heath Works was selling a kit that included the jig, reel of wire and a jar of latex. I duly purchased a kit and the next day out came the jig to ‘have a go’. The jig is graduated in feet for the height of the tree from ground level, this covers N Gauge, OO Gauge and O Gauge. The kit costs £15.

You simply wind the wire around the steel pegs until you have done enough for your chosen height, remove from the jig and the cut the tops of the loops. It is then a case of twisting the wire into the trunk and branches. when satisfied keep coating with latex until you are happy with the thickness and shape. Even after coating with latex the armature is fully bendable.

Below are some photo’s of my first attempts of various types and sizes of armatures. I will post further when foliage is added.

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